Side A of the split features a gnarly RPB original, "Boyfriend in a Coma," about a territorial young lady whose incapacitated beau is causing some drama in the ward, followed by a cover of late '70s Belgian punks The Kids' "Money Is All I Need," which is a little more manic than the original, in a totally appropriate way. Side B features an awesomely sludgy, horror-flick-moody cut from the Joos; in keeping with the duo's trademark sense of humor, this warning against evil spirits is titled "Hungry for Souls and Funyuns," and in keeping with their stockpile of skills, its invisible-orange-hoisting riffage and nimble, powerhouse percussion make it perfect for blasting on a sunny afternoon.
In any case, the dance party/hangout starts at 8 p.m. at The Boro in the 'Boro tonight, where you can grab a copy of the single for only $5. If that doesn't fit your plans, a few copies of the special limited-edition clear 7-inch are available, which each come with a copy of a comic book called The Sleeze, drawn by Dakota Jernigan and starring Megajoos. If you miss that, there's a black copy; all copies include a correction kit to fix the misprint on the label, should you so choose, as well as a cut-out title strip for your jukebox, should you happen to own one (and if you do, feel free to invite me to your dance party).
Culture Cringe's masked honcho Cringey tells us to look for copies in your neighborhood friendly record stores next week. For now, you can stream the three tracks after the jump.
Gummy Soul has never been afraid to ruffle a few feathers or have a little fun. While working on the follow-up to last year’s memorable Sportin’ Waves, Gummy Soul founder Wally Clark decided to take a break and come back with the unthinkable: a remix of Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag,” under the moniker Gummy Soulja.
Now, some might say, “Wally, you a fool for this one!” But before you jump to any hastily drawn conclusions about what a Gummy Soul remix of one of hip-hop’s most polarizing figures might sound like ... don’t. Just watch the video above. Trust me on this one. And when you’re done, be sure to download both the original and the instrumental versions of Gummy Soulja’s “Pretty Boy (Remix)” via Gummy Soul's Bandcamp page (or below). You’re welcome.
And while you're at it, stream the whole record, which the Masks debuted via Spin yesterday, below. It's rich with frontman Andrew Katz's soulful vocals, Matt Menold's lush organ parts and Charles Garmendia's bombastic, loose-limbed drumming. Pre-order your very own copy of the record via iTunes or Amazon (CD; LP).
Clear Plastic Masks will celebrate the release of Being There tonight at The High Watt, and their pals Fly Golden Eagle will open; tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. CPM and FGE will also both play the Luna Pyra launch party tomorrow night at The Anchor, but we'll have more on that later.
Do you disagree? Well, in that case, sorry about your cold dead heart, you communist. To aid the righteous in their enjoyment of this summer’s official music band, I have curated (that’s Internet speak for “threw together”) a Spotify playlist of ELO’s most summer-ish songs. Play it loud, and enjoy one more finite season of your human life. (Not sorry for the obligatory “Mr. Blue Sky.”)
El El, "40 Watt"
Last we heard from the Ben Elkins-led pop ensemble El El, they were winning the second installment of this year's Road to Bonnaroo series. Word comes to us this week that El El will release their debut full-length, Geode, in late June, and you can hear the lead-off single "40 Watt" above or via Soundcloud. It's a stomping, sparkling, plinking, lush, three-minute pop number that goes off in all sorts of directions. Give it a listen. El El will play Lulu Mae's album release with Oak Creek Band tonight at Exit/In.
This morning via Rolling Stone, White debuted the album version of "Just One Drink," and it is indeed a rollicking barroom burner, complete with a bluesy, Stones-y progression, a fiddle solo and White's playfully lovesick vocals. "Drink" will kick off Side Two of Lazaretto (see the full track list after the jump), but you can stream the tune right now below.
You can pre-order Lazaretto via Third Man's site (whether or not you want the fancy "Ultra" version that White and his nephew/fellow TMR founder Ben Blackwell recently showed off). White will play Bonnaroo's headlining Saturday night slot, and tickets are still available. Now, stream on.
As you’ll hear from the first notes of album opener “Judas Booth,” the band sonically expands its sneering, Southern-accented punk and power-pop palette to include more keyboards, bigger guitars and a some good ol’ fashioned acoustic jangle.
As for the album’s theme, according to A.V. Club, it was inspired by a period “Daniel Pujol and company spent after hours in a suicide prevention center for teens situated in a strip mall in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.”
“I think a lot of the record’s about identity, and identity formation,” Pujol tells Cream Cap'n D. Patrick Rodgers in the upcoming issue of the Scene. “Who you think you are versus who you wanna be, versus who you know you are, versus what your reputation is, versus what you think your reputation is. Both within relationships, between you and you, between you and another person, between you and the world. And how you’re moving forward constantly.”
The release of Concrete Blonde’s debut album in 1986 drew immediate comparisons to the Pretenders. But lead singer Johnette Napolitano proved to be far more than just a California sun-baked version of Chrissie Hynde’s iron fist/velvet glove rock aesthetic. Subsequent albums like Free and Bloodletting revealed an intensely personal artistic voice that she has continued to explore as a solo artist both on solo albums like 2007’s Scarred and in print through Rough Mix, her collection of short stories, lyrics and drawings.
Well, while Napolitano was in Music City, she put that intensely personal artistic voice to work. "I had a solo show in Nashville this past winter," Napolitano says in an email sent the Cream's way, "and stayed in town an extra day to sing on a record being put together by Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick and his wife Alison called Rock for Speech to benefit and raise autism awareness. I was having lunch by myself in an Irish pub on Music Row and playing with my Ghost Observer app, and this song just dropped out of the air in one piece."
The track — titled "Nashville," appropriately — is sparse and spooky, clocking in at just over two minutes and making good use of Napolitano's easily recognizable, idiosyncratic voice. The track was commissioned by the Pete Quaife Foundation — an organization founded to help provide dialysis for kids in the memory of founding Kinks member Quaife — for a forthcoming compilation. Stream it below.
Ever since local country crooner Sturgill Simpson unleashed his interdimensional video for "Turtles All the Way Down" last month, psychedelic vibes have permeated Nashville's atmosphere. Have you felt those? I think Simpson opened some sort of portal — a portal to a dimension in which a contemporary country musician can write songs about mind expansion and the Cosmic Turtle.
As we've mentioned a time or two, Simpson will release his sophomore LP, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, on May 13 via his own Hightop Mountain Records (pre-order here). We'll have words on that in tomorrow's dead-tree edition of the Scene, plus a very special Simpson-related surprise here on the Cream next week. But if you need a dose of the Sturge to see you through until the vinyl shows up, good news: You can stream the whole album now via NPR's "First Listen," or watch Simpson's performance of the Metamodern cut "Voices" on Later Live With Jools Holland (above).
Now, of course, it's entirely possible that the British Broadcasting Company might have the above video pulled (as we saw with The Black Keys' recent Later ... With Jools Holland performance). But this weekend, he'll appear on both Later ... With Jools and a Ryman-recorded episode of A Prairie Home Companion, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to get a load of the Sturge.
Purpl Monk, “Flying Kick” (prod. by SOSA)
Ziggurat Records has been a staple in Nashville hip-hop ever since Purpl Monk and Miyagi hopped the Tennessee/North Carolina border back in 2011 and dropped the still-classic Flossed in Space. The album might be hard to find online these days, and it's still their only official release to date, but since then the crew has toured with Lunice and Lorn, headlined with DJ Shadow, and opened for Pusha T.
Ziggurat doesn't currently have a new record in the works. However, crew member Purpl Monk has been hard at work on a solo project called 10ftFLYINGKICK, which is finally starting to see the light of day. Cue "Flying Kick," the first single from Purpl Monk's upcoming solo debut ...
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